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Hi everyone. I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago. I had a very unusual presentation. Six weeks previous to diagnosis, I had a four level cervical fusion in my neck for blown disc and osteoarthritis. Something went wrong during surgery and my heart was damaged, so my overnight stay turned into seven days in the ICU. Six weeks later, I woke up with what felt like the worse case of flu ever. I had to have help getting out of bed. The joint pain and stiffness jut kept getting worse. After finally seeing a rheumatologist, I was diagnosed with seronegative RA. We tried Plaquenil and it had no effect. A second opinion a year later did show periarticular osteopenia (bone loss around the joint), so the next step is Humira. I have had a second neck surgery, so I have to wait at least another month before starting Humira to allow neck to fuse. Has anyone else had sudden onset like this? Also, reading about Humira has been frightening. Please share your experiences. One last question, as well. The X-rays confirm inflammatory arthritis, but there still seems to be some confusion over spondylarpothy and RA. My RF factor and other bloodwork was negative at diagnosis, and still negative three months later. Just saw rheumatologist and she didn't even want to test it again. Basically, she said it makes no difference in treatment. From what I have read, seropositive disease usually has a more severe course. Is this accurate? Since mine came on so suddenly, it seems like it is possible it would eventually be seropositive. Sorry for the long lost. As you can see, I am way behind on the leaning curve for this disease. Unfortunately, my neck and heart have seemed to be the more pressing issues. However, the joint pain and stiffness just keep getting worse so I have to move forward and do something.
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